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How NOT to Use a Cordless Drill

We’re all about education here at Pro Tool Reviews. It’s important to us that we ensure you have the reviews, how-to’s and project know-how to be successful in your professional and homeowner projects. With that said, we always encourage users to pick up a tool and use it for anything they can think of… Well, almost anything they think of. There are times when it seems that we are also exposed to very obvious exceptions to this rule. Here are a few of uses we think you should absolutely avoid at all costs—this is how NOT to use a cordless drill.


  • Using a Cordless Drill as a Weapon

    When police arrived Monday at a business in Kentucky, they found 35-year-old Lettie Schneider bleeding from a wound on her lower back. The victim told police that her husband, 34-year-old apparent tool enthusiast, stabbed her with a cordless drill during an argument. Whitlow said the drill was loaded with a screwdriver bit. Lettie was taken to University Hospital in Louisville, where she was treated and released. Her husband was booked into the Floyd County Jail on a preliminary charge of domestic battery as a Class D felony. He was later released on his own recognizance. In other news, a Cortland, Illinois man was charged with assault after authorities say he chased another person with a cordless drill. After an investigation Richard S. Kozlowski, 65, was arrested for assault and taken to the county jail. Fortunately, no one was injured and bond was set at $750.

  • Mixing Thin Set with a 3/8″ Cordless Drill

    This is my “favorite” tragic story. Some guy uses a cheap 3/8″ drill to try and mix thin set for a tile job. Look, you may get lucky. You may even succeed for several projects. But that job is made for a powerful, corded solution – or at least a truly powerful 18V or 24V option. No cheap cordless drill will survive for long, so don’t push your luck or you’re liable to waste an investment and find yourself watching black smoke pour out the side of your motor wondering why you didn’t listen to the pros.

  • Powering Your Skateboard, Go-Kart or Bicycle Cordless-Style

    OK, maybe we’re not as adamant about this, but if you do it incorrectly, you’re liable to end up in a ditch with some nasty cuts and bruises. Of course, if you’re a mechanical engineer or have access to a machine shop you might come up with something as cool as DPX Systems which developed a pretty nifty Cordless Drill Powered Bicycle.

  • Going After a Guinness World Record for Most Rotations Hanging from a Cordless Drill

    Yeah… this one almost didn’t need an introduction, but we felt that if you really want this type of attention you should consider joining the circus. I mean, we’ll all about finding unique uses for your tools and freedom of expression – but sometimes you’ve just got to wonder…

  • Breaking Into an ATM Machine
    Last week a would-be thief attempted to enter an ATM machine using a high speed Ryobi
    drill kit (which they left behind.) Police reported that several screws and
    light bulbs were taken out, but that no money was actually taken. ATM machines are tough – and you’ll need more than a cordless drill to pull off that kind of heist.

Of course, there are several ways you can use your Cordless Power Drill in unorthodox scenarios which we wholeheartedly endorse. Among them:

  • Shredding Out Tunes on an Electric Guitar
    Yes, you heard us correctly. A power drill makes some wonderful effects when applied to an electric guitar and strings are relatively cheap. Tip: Experiment with plastic and metal clutch collars for different effects.
  • Use it as Bait to Catch Criminals
    A company called 3xLOGIC used an office loaded with cordless tools to catch a thief with its 720p high definition security camera. With the frequency of tools stolen from offices and jobsites across the country, this is a welcome thing indeed. If criminals are exposed to the fact that they might be recorded in HD during a break-in they may give it a second thought and move on.
  • Saving Someone’s Life
    An Australian doctor used a power tool to relieve pressure from a blood clot in a boy’s head and save his life. The boy had fallen and his head began filling with blood. A quick-thinking doctor recognized what was happening and grabbed the tool from a maintenance closet and did an emergency evacuation of the boy’s skull.

You may not save a life or be considering a Guinness World Record, but we thought this an interesting walk down the many different ways people use cordless drills to their advantage… and their detriment.


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